BREEDERS’ SECTION:The EFG recommends and encourages breeders to follow these “Best Practice” guidelines:
Health of dam and sire
Only breed from Glens that are in good health i.e. animals that do not have any diagnosed health problems, especially those that can compromise quality of life
GPRA-crd3 (Generalised Progressive Retinal Atrophy crd3) status
The crd3 status of both parents should be known, or established by DNA test prior to mating
At least one parent to be either Hereditary Clear or DNA tested Clear, to ensure that the puppies are not at risk of developing the blinding disorder, GPRA-crd3
Eye testing using the BVA/KC Eye Testing Scheme
Both parents to have an up-to-date eye test certificate at time of mating i.e. within the twelve months prior to mating
Ideally, breeding stock to have regular eye tests, if practicable, throughout their lives – at least every 24 months until the age of 10 years
Breeding age and total number of litters (bitches)
Bitch not to be mated until after her second birthday
Bitch not to produce more than three litters over the course of her breeding lifetime
Bitch not to whelp any litters after her eighth birthday (Kennel Club rule)
Bitch not to whelp two litters within any twelve month period
Total number of litters (dogs)
Dog not to produce more than six UK-bred litters over the course of his lifetime
Avoid breeding from Glens of a colour that is not listed in the Kennel Club Breed Standard e.g. liver (also known as chocolate) i.e. light to dark shades of brown, always with a liver nose
KC listed colours are: Blue, brindle and wheaten (all shades)
Two puppies from same litter not to be sold to one home
All members of the EFG abide by the following:-
1. Will properly house, feed, water and exercise all dogs under their care and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and when required.
2. Will agree without reservation that any veterinary surgeon who performs an operation on any of their dogs which alters the natural conformation of the animal, or who carries out a caesarean section on a bitch, may report such operations to the Kennel Club.
3. Will agree that no healthy puppy will be culled. Puppies which may not conform to the Breed Standard should be placed in suitable homes.
4. Will abide by all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act.
5. Will not create demand for, nor supply, puppies that have been docked illegally.
6. Will agree not to breed from a dog or bitch which could be in any way harmful to the dog or to the breed.
7. Will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to cause a nuisance to neighbours or those carrying out official duties.
8. Will ensure that their dogs wear properly tagged collars and will be kept leashed or under effective control when away from home.
9. Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are being exhibited.
10. Will only sell dogs where there is a reasonable expectation of a happy and healthy life and will help with the re-homing of a dog if the initial circumstances change.
11. Will supply written details of all dietary requirements and give guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new home.
12. Will ensure that all relevant Kennel Club documents are provided to the new owner when selling or transferring a dog, and will agree, in writing, to forward any relevant documents at the earliest opportunity, if not immediately available.
13. Will not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealers or directly or indirectly allow dogs to be given as a prize or donation in a competition of any kind. Will not sell by sale or auction Kennel Club registration certificates as stand alone items (not accompanying a dog).
14. Will not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed nor falsely advertise dogs nor mislead any person regarding the health or quality of a dog.
Breach of these provisions may result in expulsion from club membership, and/or disciplinary action by the Kennel Club and/or reporting to the relevant authorities for legal action, as appropriate